"Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya will direct the independent Romandrama "Queen & Slim" by Lena Waithe.
"Helena" and "Master of None" star Melina Matsoukas makes her directorial debut
Waithe, known for her work on "Master of None" and "The Chi", wrote the script based on an original idea and treatment by bestselling author James Frey ("A Million Little Pieces") and a story by Frey and Waithe. "Queen & Slim" will go into pre-production in October and production will start in January. Matsoukas and Waithe are still looking for a new face for the role of the Queen.
"Queen & Slim" is an exploration of the social and political climate of America through the lens of a genre-despising love story. The film is about a black man and a black woman making a first appointment, which goes awry after being run over by a policeman at a traffic control. They kill police officers in self-defense, and instead of facing themselves, they go on the run.
Waithe produces the film through her company, Hillman Grad Productions, along with Matsouka's production company De La Revolución Films and Frey's 3BlackDot. Andrew Coles and Michelle Knudsen also produce.
"For me it's protest art," said Waithe. "It's about being black and trying to fall in love with a world that is burning around you."
Matsoukas said, "It's a film that defines black love as a revolutionary act, showing that our union is the biggest weapon against the black attack in America."
"Queen & Slim" is made by Universal Pictures distributed worldwide, with eOne taking over distribution in selected territories such as the UK and Canada. The film will be released on November 27, 2019 in North America.
This is the first movie released under Makeready's recently announced distribution agreement with Universal. eOne is lead investor of Makeready. Brad Weston's production company, Makeready, funded the film, along with 3BlackDot.
Kaluuya, who received a nomination for Best Actor at the Oscars for "Get Out," recently appeared as W'Kabi in "Black Panther." 19659002] In 2017, Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy comedy for the "Thanksgiving" episode of "Master of None".
Mastoukas is a two-time Grammy winner for her "We Found Love" and Beyonce's "Formation" music videos.
Waithe is represented by WME, Coles at The Mission Entertainment and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein and Lezcano. Matsoukas is represented by CAA, Knudsen by MXN Entertainment and Bianca Levin by Gang, Tire, Ramer & Brown, Inc. Kaluuya is represented by CAA, Troika, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham. Frey is represented by Guymon Casady at Management 360 and David Krintzman at Morris Yorn.
The deal was brokered by Graham Taylor, Roger Green, Theresa Kang-Lowe, David Stone, Sylvie Rabineau, and Phil Sun at WME.